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Happy holidays!

2016 was a wild ride, but it is still important to take time to reflect on the things that really matter; health and family.


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0 Comments | Posted 2/16/17 8:36 PM By John Becker in Local

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The Art at Mayo Clinic

The Mayo Clinic has a well earned reputation for high quality medicine.  Mayo also has a world class art collection.

Art is pervasive at Mayo.  The buildings are designed by leading architects and over the years, Mayo has also been gifted many art pieces from some of the most recognized names in the artistic community.




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0 Comments | Posted 5/26/15 9:00 PM By John Becker in Local Exhibits Fine art Business

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The outside of the bar and restaurant is in need of a makeover and the daylight of a damp day is not very flattering.  The security camera doesn't help either.

But go inside Nye's Polonaise Room and revel in the perfectly preserved interior.  You won't be disappointed.




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Inside the Basilica of St. Mary

The Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis is an icon on the skyline.

And when you are given the opportunity to go to the extreme top of the copper roof for a photo opportunity, you should probably go.


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0 Comments | Posted 3/27/13 6:08 PM By John Becker in Photojournalism Local Fine art photography

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The artists' lair...

Creativity must have a point of origin and a good place to look for the origin is where the artist lives.

David Culver is a prolific artist who lives in his studio in Bay City, Wisconsin.



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0 Comments | Posted 1/5/13 6:36 PM By John Becker in Local Fine art Business

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The Red Wing Creative Economy Project

This web site may have appeared quiet this summer, but that was because it was a really busy summer.

One of the time-consuming projects this summer was the Red Wing Creative Economy Project. 

This was a research grant that was funded by the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation.  The project was to measure and contrast the local creative economy and propose specific recommendations going forward.

It wasn't an easy process, but I am proud of the final product.

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0 Comments | Posted 10/22/12 10:34 AM By John Becker in Local Business

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The Starlite 14 Drive-In

Part 3 of 3...

The Starlite 14 Drive-in is located in Richland Center, Wisconsin on the north side Wisconsin State Highway 14.

The Starlite is an authentic, old school drive-in theater that opened in the 1950's (anybody know exactly?) and can accommodate 500 cars.

It is scheduled to open this coming April 27, 2012 with no announcement yet what the season premiere movie will be.

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0 Comments | Posted 3/20/12 11:53 AM By John Becker in Photojournalism Local Travel photography

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The Vali-Hi Drive-In

Part 2 of 3...

The Vali-Hi Drive-in is located in Lake Elmo, Minnesota on the north side of Interstate 94.

There really isn't very much remarkable about this theater outside of the amazing traffic visibility right off of a busy freeway.

What protects this theater is actually the freeway and the poorly developed urban sprawl in the immediate community. It is simply a difficult location to get to (easy to see, hard to get to).


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0 Comments | Posted 3/19/12 1:16 PM By John Becker in Photojournalism Local Travel photography

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The Cottage View Drive-In

Part 1 of 3...

Drive-in movie theaters are in serious decline. 

At their peak, there were more than 4,500 drive-in theaters operating in the United States.  At the end of 2011, there were 370 drive-in theaters remaining in the United States. 

This entry is the first of three parts that documents three drive-in theaters before they are gone forever.


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0 Comments | Posted 3/17/12 3:10 PM By John Becker in Photojournalism Local Travel photography

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Red Wing from the air

Red Wing is just as photogenic from the air as it is from the ground.

Photographs hardly do the 'Red Wing from the Air' experience justice, but here are a few tips if you have the opportunity to do some aerial photography.

A few simple tips can make your aerial photography experience a satisfying adventure.




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0 Comments | Posted 12/17/11 12:18 PM By John Becker in Photojournalism Local